Nprotect Malware

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Nprotect Malware

The Nprotect malware is the most common type of malware. What unites these threats, like Nprotect malware, is their ability to carry out a number of malicious activities in a relatively covert manner.

Nprotect Malware

After infecting your computer, Trojans may lie dormant for months, either waiting for the perfect opportunity to execute their malicious mission or doing so invisibly. There is some helpful information on this type of malware later in the text. In addition, we have included the steps that must be taken to remove Nprotect Malware, a new representative that is threatening a growing number of online users.

Nprotect.exe

Some malicious programs masquerade as nprotect.exe, especially when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the nprotect.exe process on your computer to find out if it is a threat.

Most often, Trojans like Nprotect Malware may cause the following problems on your device, but they can perform other malicious activities as well:

  • Making changes to certain files;
  • Sudden crashes in the system;
  • Destruction of data;
  • Remote system control;
  • Espionage by activating your microphone and camera and keeping track of everything you do;

Of course, this short list is not covering everything that the Trojan can do. The Nprotect Malware infection might be used as a means of distribution of various forms of malware into your already compromised machine, including file-encrypting viruses like Ransomware that are used for money extortion.

Nprotect Malware may also be related to theft in a variety of forms. With the help of this malicious software hackers may be able to get access to your personal information and may steal money or valuable information. Your online bank accounts might be drained, or information about your other valuables could be stolen. Your social media accounts may be hijacked and used to spread spam and other malicious content, thus compromising your identity as well. On top of that, the hackers may use the Trojan to perform a wide variety of cybercrimes under your name. Therefore, it is beyond doubt that you should remove Nprotect Malware as soon as you spot it.

Where you may encounter Trojans?

Trojans can be found almost everywhere on the Internet. Hackers use a variety of distribution methods to spread their malicious software and infect as many computers as possible. However, to give you an idea of where and how you could be infected by Nprotect Malware or any of its siblings, we have come up with a list of the most common sources:

All types of websites offering free software and applications, free video streaming, and access to illegal copies of music or other material that would typically cost money are possible locations where Trojans may be found.

Emails from unknown senders may potentially include this malicious software. In addition, it’s not only the emails themselves but also any files that have been attached that might spread the threat. Nprotect Malware may infect any file format or version, from executables to images and PDFs.

Keep in mind that not all online advertisements that come up on your screen are legitimate and safe. Additionally, they might potentially redirect you to malicious websites that include Trojans or other harmful software. The risk arises from the fact that it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish between adverts that are safe and those that might contain malware. That’s why, our general advice is to stay away from them altogether.

How to effectively deal with Trojans?

Though Trojan infections like Nprotect Malware and Altruistcs are difficult to deal with, they may be removed effectively. You can do this by using a professional removal program or a manual removal method. The instructions in the removal guide below explain how to locate and delete Nprotect Malware. If you need additional help, please use the recommended removal software or write us in the comments.

SUMMARY:

NameNprotect Malware
TypeTrojan
Detection Tool

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Remove Nprotect Malware

If you are looking for a way to remove Nprotect Malware you can try this:

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
  2. Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
  3. Search for Nprotect Malware and any other unfamiliar programs.
  4. Uninstall Nprotect Malware as well as other suspicious programs.

Note that this might not get rid of Nprotect Malware completely. For more detailed removal instructions follow the guide below.

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

    Step3

     

    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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    You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:

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    Step4

     

    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

    • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

    Step5

     

    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

    Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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